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Golden Boy Signs Bantamweight Titlist Anselmo Moreno

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Golden Boy Promotions has signed bantamweight titlist Anselmo Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KO) to a mult-fight contract, which gives them one of the best fighters in one of boxing's most competitive divisions.

Moreno, 26, is unlikely to become a major star for a number of reasons -- his size, his fighting style, his lack of notoriety among American fight fans -- but he's a valuable signing for the company anyway. They have rising bantamweight star Abner Mares, hot prospect Leo Santa Cruz, and veteran Eric Morel on their roster, and Moreno strengthens their presence in the division.

Moreno has been in negotiations this year to fight Top Rank's Nonito Donaire, and with Golden Boy and Top Rank working together again, that may not be out of the question in the future.

Moreno's only loss came in 2002, a four-round split decision to Ricardo Molina, which Moreno avenged via TKO in 2005. He won the WBA title in 2008 from Wladimir Sidorenko, and since then has defended it successfully nine times, making a name for himself as a bit of a road warrior with defenses in Germany, France and Venezuela to his credit.